Format: ebook, 355 pages.
Goodreads Summary: Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Thoughts: Many early reviewers and now readers have raved about this book for quite some time. There wasn’t any doubt that I’d pick up The Winner’s Curse eventually, having seen the extensive hype its been getting. With an intriguing synopsis and stunning cover to help peak people’s interest, this book was sure to be a hit. This story is told through dual point of views, a high-class independent woman and a hardworking slave. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the author to take that route. It worked for the story though. Starting off, I really had a difficult time getting into the story, and almost found myself setting the book down. I’d say it takes about 60-70 pages for the story to really pick up, but once that first chunk was out-of-the-way the rest of it was smooth sailing.
Although I thought many of the characters created have been written before, I still got caught up in the story including, the political power struggle, forbidden romance, and rumors. That’s exactly why I’ll be reading the second one when it gets released. No, The Winner’s Curse wasn’t my favorite book of 2014 so far, but it was a quick and engaging story that I see many readers liking.
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